Today is the Dia de Sant Jordi - St. George's Day - in Spain. St. George, the dragonslayer, is the patron saint of Catalunya and is a popular figure throughout Spain. This day has evolved into a great celebration where men give a red rose to their sweetheart, and woman give their best man a book (it is also International Booksellers Day). Florists and booksellers set up tables and booths throughout the city selling roses and books, and we take advantage of the celebration to distribute copies of the Book of Mormon.
|Table at the doors of the Barcelona Stake Center|
|Hnas. Fernley and Culverwell (hidden) talk to a|
passerby about the Book of Mormon
|Elders Call and Roos talk and walk|
|Missionaries with Hno. Lindomar, a recent convert|
We drove over to the Barcelona Stake Center at mediodia to see the missionaries and see how the day was going. They had already given away nearly 300 copies of the Book of Mormon. Because the Dia de Sant Jordi falls on Easter weekend this year, most people thought the holiday would fizzle. But by the end of the day the missionaries at the stake center had distributed 462 copies in Spanish plus a few others in other languages. In addition, at least 198 copies were distributed by missionaries in other locations. A great day for flooding the world with the Book of Mormon!